Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.

Pa. health officials, vaccine providers say winter weather could delay shots

By: - February 18, 2021

One major vaccine provider in South Central Pennsylvania said it’s already feeling the strain of the weather-related delays. 

Here’s what you need to know about Pa.’s shortage of Moderna vaccines

By: - February 17, 2021

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said that vaccine providers have been inadvertently administering first-dose Moderna injections that were supposed to be set aside as second doses. 

Pennsylvania’s vaccine program is flailing. Nurses in the statehouse are out to fix it

By: - February 17, 2021

State Sen. Maria Collett was beyond frustrated – and she wasn’t trying to hide it. 

Joe Gale, a Trump supporter and Montgomery County commissioner, declares run for governor

By: - February 16, 2021

The Montgomery County native is the first candidate from either major party to publicly say he’ll run for governor in next year’s midterm elections. The state constitution prevents Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, from seeking a third term.

Eyeing efficiency, Pa. announces change in the way it distributes COVID-19 vaccines to providers

By: - February 12, 2021

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said that the state’s plan to temporarily winnow down its vast provider network to just 200 or 300 locations will “progressively come into effect” starting next week. 

Pa. Democrats call for investigation of GOP statehouse colleagues’ role in Capitol siege

By: and - February 11, 2021

House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said the full scope of Republican involvement won’t be known without a formal investigation. 

Former Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, who ‘cared about justice above partisanship,’ dies at age 81

By: - February 10, 2021

“It is counterintuitive,” he said in 2018. “You'd think tough on crime is the way to go and you'd have lower crime rates, but it didn't happen."

Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison

By: - February 9, 2021

Thirty Democratic members of the state House and Senate wrote to Wolf on Monday urging him to use reprieve powers to cull the state’s prison population.

Wolf signs $912M COVID-19 relief plan with aid for renters, restaurants

By: - February 5, 2021

*This story was updated at 4:45 on 2/5/21 to reflect that Gov. Tom Wolf signed the spending plan.  More than $912 million in federal stimulus money is set to start flowing to Pennsylvania’s tenants, utility ratepayers, schools and business owners, as Gov. Tom Wolf moved quickly on Friday to sign a spending plan the Legislature […]

‘What is the plan?’ Senate panel airs frustrations with vaccine rollout

By: - February 5, 2021

Pa, is currently ranked 47 among 60 states and U.S. territories for the number of vaccine doses it’s administered relative to its population, federal data show.

Wolf calls for income tax increase to close looming state deficit, fund education

By: and - February 3, 2021

Speaking to House and Senate lawmakers from a virtual bully pulpit, Wolf extorted viewers who agreed with his aims — additional school funding, a $15 minimum wage, and legal recreational cannabis  — to call their state representatives and demand action on his proposal.

Top Pa. election official Boockvar to step down after error delays sex abuse reform

By: and - February 1, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Monday that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar would leave her post Friday, Feb. 5 after her agency failed to notify the public of a a proposed change to Pennsylvania’s constitution: an amendment that would give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year retroactive window to sue perpetrators in decades-old cases, which was on track to go before voters this year.